Ex Adams Co. Asst. S-A to Appear in Court Today

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A former western Illinois prosecutor and University of Illinois football standout accused of killing his first wife on Valentine’s Day eight years ago is scheduled to be arraigned. Curtis Lovelace, 45, is to appear this(Fri) morning in Adams County Circuit Court on a first-degree murder count related to the alleged 2006 suffocation of 38-year-old Cory Lovelace. At the time of Cory Lovelace’s death, a coroner’s jury and autopsy ruled the cause undetermined. But Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says a detective late last year gave the case file a fresh look, and two pathologists who reviewed it concluded the mother of four died of foul play. Continue Reading

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Fewer Deer-Hunting Licenses to be Issued in Iowa This Year

State wildlife officials say hunters in Iowa have sufficiently thinned down the deer herds, so the number of hunting licenses that will be issued is being scaled back to stabilize the population. Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp says all signs indicate the statewide deer population declined between 2006 and 2013.  Some parts of Iowa are still overrun by deer, what are considered “hot spots,” while the animals are very scarce in other areas. Gipp says striking a balance with hunters isn’t easy. He says the D-N-R may expand the number of so-called depredation licenses issued which allow landowners to kill animals that cause property damage. Continue Reading

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Other Side of Drugs; Advisory Panel Says New Iowa Pot-Oil Law Needs Fine-Tuning

Six of the 10 members of a legislative committee say it’s time for Iowa to make growing and distributing marijuana legal, if it’s used for medical purposes. Iowa has a new law that allows possession of cannabis oil as treatment of severe epilepsy, but parents of seizure-prone children say too many barriers still exist since they have to go out of state to get it. Sally Gaer of West Des Moines has a daughter who has been diagnosed with a severe and chronic form of epilepsy. Gaer spoke Thursday to the 10-member legislative committee assembled to review the new state law that decriminalized possession of cannabis oil and consider change to it. Gaer says at least two dozen states regulate the production and distribution of cannabis oil, but only for their own residents, so Iowa families are left out. Continue Reading

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Loebsack With President on ISIS…to a Point

Congressman Dave Loebsack says congress should vote on whether the U.S. escalates its military response against Islamic militants who’ve seized portions of Iraq and Syria. There will be a vote next week on the amount of money to be spent on the effort.  Loebsack, who is a Democrat from Iowa City, says that vote should take place before November’s election, but he does not yet know whether he’d vote to support the president’s new objectives in the region. Last night President Obama delivered a prime-time address to the nation and announced he was authorizing air strikes into Syria. Loebsack says he’s “very concerned” about that move. Continue Reading

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ReLeaf Program Offers Relief from Heat, Cold, Wind & Runoff

Residents in eight Iowa communities…two of them in our area…can get landscape-quality trees at a deep discount through a program launching in a few weeks. Alliant Energy and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to offer Operation ReLeaf. The trees are between three and eight feet in height and would retail anywhere from 65 to 125-dollars, but will be offered for just 25-dollars each during the events. Wagner says the program runs twice a year and it’s been incredibly popular. It’s also saved millions of gallons of water in storm runoff. Continue Reading

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ISU gets a Warning

An internal audit report has warned that Iowa State University was out of compliance with federal law for years in the limited way that students were informed about sexual assaults and other crimes on campus. The June 17 report says the school’s recently-abandoned practice of issuing crime alerts on the campus police website didn’t meet Clery Act requirements. The report says administrators must issue “timely warnings” required by the law through mass emails and other formats that don’t require individuals to search out the information. Continue Reading

Infant Left in Western Illinois Trash Bin Still Alive

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Police say a newborn baby found alive inside a trash bin in the central Illinois community of Jacksonville is in good condition. Lt. Chris Johnson of the Jacksonville Police Department says authorities are still searching for the mother of the infant. The baby was apparently placed in the trash bin Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after it was born. Johnson says police aren’t releasing the gender of the baby or exactly where it was found. Continue Reading

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Illinois Governor Quinn Takes Minimum Wage Challenge

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it’s like to live on the state’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Quinn has made raising Illinois’ minimum wage a cornerstone of his re-election campaign against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. On Sunday the governor announced at a campaign event that he would limit his spending on food and other expenses for the next week to $79. That’s how much money he says someone working full time for minimum wage has to spend after housing, transportation and taxes. Rauner has said that he’s open to raising the minimum wage if it is tied to business reforms so small businesses can absorb the added labor costs. Continue Reading

Corn-Based Iowa Vodka Hopes Purity Will Justify $24 Price-Tag

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa company hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports IngeniOz vodka started selling for about $24 a bottle in Iowa stores a month ago. A pure vodka is supposed to be better quality and less likely to cause a hangover. Tests conducted at Iowa State showed Smirnoff vodka has eight impurities, Absolute has 16 and Grey Goose has 14. The OZ Spirits company was started in 2012 by Johannes Van Leeuwen after he developed the process for creating vodka with zero impurities at Iowa State University. Continue Reading